I grew up Zambia from age 2-21.
I lived in a rural area in a house without electricity, running water, or of course, refrigeration. We had a cool box with water dripping over coal. We drew our water from a well. We took many of our school vacations in game parks before they were developed. One time, I rode in a Jeep through a herd of 300 Cape buffalo. Normally I saw hippos, rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, lions, leopards, and cheetahs as I camped in these game reserves. I also grew up with snakes, particularly mambas. If you are bitten by a mamba, you die within minutes. Consequently, to this day, I have a snake phobia!